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Old 10-14-09, 06:04 PM
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Conversion from XC to Singlespeed?....

I have a 2000 GF Aquila that I want to make some serious changes too. I think I want to convert it to a singlespeed because I live downtown and it only gets ridden on the road. I'm going to get a Tora 302 to replace the really outdated and cheap RS Jett, and next I want to get a new wheelset. My question is:

Will my frame allow me to even swtich to singlespeed? if not, i might have to wait because im not sure if i want to shell out $$ for a new frame.

Second, What wheelset and sprocket should I buy to convert. Not too much money but not too cheap either. hopefully JensonUSA will have something.

Lastly, I have a brand new crankset (Race Face Evolve XC), it came with three chaing rings obviouly, but can I buy a different single chainring and just use the cranks?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks for the replies!
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Old 10-14-09, 06:17 PM
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Sure. Chain tensioner. Why get a nicer shock if you're doing road riding? Whatever wheels you want. Whatever sprocket you want. You could just remove two of the chain rings and use only one.
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The cheapest way is to keep your wheelset and get a single cog, then use washers to fill in the gaps. Remove the two chainrings you don't want, and pick up a set of BMX chainring bolts (or you could probably use the bolts that held the smallest ring and save even more $$). And whatever you do, use a tensioner. I learned this the hard way doing the very thing you're considering. Again, the cheapest way is to use an old rear derailleur. I cut the bottom pulley off an old XT and then set the limit screws so it all lines up nice and neat. Other than the shock, you could do this for less than $15 pretty easy.
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